The Mirpuri Foundation is a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).

The ICRI, founded in 1994, is an informal partnership between nations and organisations, private firms, charities and NGOs which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

During its 25-year-history, ICRI actions have proved pivotal in highlighting the importance of coral reefs and related ecosystems to environmental sustainability, food security and social and cultural wellbeing.

The organisation was founded by eight governments: Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the UK, and the USA in recognition of the fact that coral reefs and related ecosystems found in tropical and sub-tropical regions were facing serious degradation.

It now boasts over 60 members and states its objectives as: encouraging the adoption of best practice in the sustainable management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems, building capacity and raising awareness at all levels on the plight of coral reefs around the world.

Among the many debates and presentations that took place at this year’s event were talks on understanding the trends of coral reefs, information sharing on how to promote effective and adaptable solutions to improve the protection of coral reefs, and workshops on fostering partnerships and collaboration, particularly with the private sector.